Churchdown School Academy Newsletter - March 2015 Issue

 

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ISSUE 05 March Churchdown School Academy Winston Road REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE Should your son or daughter be away from school for any reason you must report the absence to the school by 8.30am on the first and every subsequent day of absence by leaving a message on the school’s absence line. The line is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can be accessed through the normal school telephone number 01452 713340. Alternatively, you can inform us by emailing attendance@ churchdownschool.com Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents and Carers After a full term of learning and activities which have included many events such as Fame Lab, Red Nose Day, Italian Club, as well as theatre outings, foreign trips and sports fixtures to name but a few, the Easter holidays have arrived. As always much good work has taken place in the school and this has resulted in a number of students being recognised for their outstanding achievements, not only in their school work but also with their own personal ambitions. The term has raced by and Year 11 have been working hard on their controlled assessments and preparing for the summer exams which are now only a few weeks away. The Sixth Form, having been through the exam process before, have stepped up to the mark and are in a good position to do well in the summer. Over the next few months pressure can build on the students and as parents your child really needs you to support them by ensuring they are revising at home regularly and completing their homework to the best of their ability. As ever, attendance is critical to their success. Central to this continuing focus of maintaining high standards of learning and achievement are the partnerships which exist in the school and I would like to take this opportunity to thank once again all parents for the support and encouragement given to students and staff alike during what is always a challenging term from Christmas to Easter. This support clearly helps to maintain the enthusiasm and motivation of all sections of the school community and in particular encourages students to achieve to the best of their ability and develop as responsible, caring young people who contribute most effectively to the school and wider community. Thank you to all of you for your continued support and for making this term another success for us here at Churchdown School. On behalf of all staff I would assure you that school improvement and the experience your child gets will remain as our most important priority as we progress through to the summer term. Finally, I hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter and enjoy a peaceful break! Christopher Belli Headteacher

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Some Key Dates ISM3 home: 27 March Normandy History trip: 27 - 30 March End of Term 4: 27 March Start of Term 5: 13 April Year 8 Parents’ Evening: 27 April Sixth Form CAFTAs: 30 April Year 7 Exam Week: 5 May Year 7 Parents’ Evening: 18 May KS3 France trip : 18 - 22 May End of Term 5: 22 May Start of Term 6: 1 June ISM4 home: 26 June Year 10 Exam Week: 22 June Year 8 Camp: 6 - 10 July YEAR 7 NEWS I cannot believe that Year 7 only have 14 weeks to go before they will be moving into Year 8. They are having a wonderful first year, with many students immersing themselves into school life, getting involved in our wide variety of clubs and representing Churchdown in many activities. It was a pleasure to be able to read the year group’s last set of ISM grades and comment on their progress. I hope that the students took my comments on board, and set themselves targets for improvements for the next set of ISMs. 181 students would have received a postcard or letter home congratulating them on their wonderful reports, and as I stated in assembly I hope to write many more after the next set of results. Special mention should go to Jacob Summerhayes and Rachel Pepperell who achieved the best grades in the whole of the year group – well done and keep up the excellent work. Year 7 will be sitting exams at the start of May. They will be assessed in all of their main subject areas, more information will be given out closer to the time by the subject teachers. I will be holding assemblies to make sure that everyone is aware of the strict rules when entering and during the exams, and also helping students with revision techniques to enable them to reach their potential. Lastly, I would like to congratulate Year 7 on their successes so far this year, and to encourage them keep up all of their hard work. It is paying off guys! Parents’ Evening appointments can be made up to two weeks prior to the event by logging on to: www.churchdown.parents eveningsystem.co.uk A short guide is available on the website www.churchdownschool.com under Parents / Parents’ Evenings Mrs Kentish Head of Year 7

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YEAR 8 NEWS Year 8 have had their third praise assembly based upon their achievements in and around school and from their ISM. It is always gratifying to see how the good practice evident in classrooms is getting recognised by staff. Year 8 were also involved in their version of “Take Me Out” and there was a great deal of good humour and embarrassed silences. Credit must go to those who contributed. Assemblies have focused on the upcoming exams and making sure that students are aware of the importance of these opportunities. Miss Hilton has done some work on target setting and it was terrific to hear about her ongoing training for the Cheltenham Half-Marathon. Miss Hilton used the analogy of eating an elephant bite by bite as a target setting tool. Wise advice indeed. Also eating skills were in evidence in the Pizza Cookathon on Friday 6 March which included all Year 8 students. Thanks to the D&T department for that opportunity and in particular Mr Smith. Camp is still open to any Year 8 student but Mr Oliver will have to draw a line eventually on numbers. Look to sign up as this is a once in a life time opportunity. Finally, as I write the Year 9 students are deciding on their options for GCSE which means this time next year your children, our students, will be in the same boat. The gateway to the rest of their school careers, and careers beyond education is drawing very close. LOST PROPERTY: PARENTS YOUR HELP PLEASE As in all schools we have a large amount of students’ lost property. LESS THAN 10% IS NAMED! Named items can be returned to their owner very quickly but the remaining stock is rarely claimed. Please ensure all articles of clothing are named. The ISM champions for February 2015 were: Niamh Walker Sophie Taylor Christian Jerome Pele Bowen Amber Tyas Abuzaar Moolla Imogen Dangerfield Mollie Gomer William Jones Jacob Brown Amy Lawman Millie Webb Hannah Schneider Catherine Ireland Daniel Webb Daniel Hunter Hollie Wynn Jenny Francis Brandon Hammond Marc Bennett Mr Fawcett Head of Year 8 Unclaimed items eventually go into the schools ‘Recycle with Michael’ clothes bank for charity. Mr Tebworth

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YEAR 9 NEWS Great efforts The following students all earned 10 or more ‘Excellents’ for Effort on ISM2 Ben Hall Nikita Kavtaskins Hannah Newbury Kevinlyn Overson Samuel Algar Megan Gill Ellie Harper Emerson Zac Harper Emerson Robert Lloyd Ella Matthews Charlie Dillon Charlie Foster Poppy Long Tamara Randle Sophia Weygang Elizabeth Medhurst Sarah Phelps-Wood Lauren Daffin Stephanie Fox Olive Griffiths Adam Hall Matthew Merritt Anne Patterson Joseph Porter Callam Prosser Chloe Smyth Makenzie Temple Ellie Galling Ireland Charlotte Leeman Rebecca Lodge Joe Meadows Abigail Powell Donald Bissett Gabrielle Carr Sophie Jebb James Lovell Kelsey Wilkins Vaseleios Apostolakis Lewis Blacker Katie Poole Sophie Tidcombe Let’s see if this list is longer at ISM3 Rhys Price 9T Rhys is a member of the Welsh Ski Academy and trains throughout the year with the aim of getting into the Welsh Elite Ski Team. At present he mostly competes on artificial slopes, but also on snow. This season he came third in his age group in the Irish Championship and has been recognised by his coaches as someone with the potential to be a future Welsh Champion. Well done Rhys, we will all be watching your progress

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YEAR 9 NEWS Congratulations to Ella Matthews 9H who impressively continues to work with the Royal Ballet School. Ella works under the pressure of high level performance and auditions. Very well done Ella. Drama I received this e-mail on 5 March... ‘We have just had Gloucester Youth Theatre in doing a workshop 46 Year 9s turned up and were amazing! Just wanted to let you know.’ Mrs Paget-Marsh, Drama Well done to all involved. Fame Lab An exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world. Two students from Year 9, Sophia Weygang and Ben Hall, are representing Churchdown School in the regional final. They have been attending coaching sessions at the University of Gloucestershire to help them prepare. Good luck both. Textiles Challenge Mrs Raywood organised a textile design challenge for the year group focussed on ‘up cycling’ an unused sock. She was delighted to give me the following names as being particularly successful in their work: Christian Wright, Chloe Smyth, Jasmine Willcox, Annabel Richardson, Ben Hall, Kian Bayliss, Ellie Harper-Emerson, Kanisha Hendicks, Keeley Bell, Ellie Galling-Ireland and Adam Hall. Well done people. Mr Wyman Head of Year 9

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YEAR 10 NEWS Year 10 have continued to work fantastically at their GCSE studies and this was recognised in the end of Term 3 Celebration Assembly. Staff nominated those students who had really stood out in their subjects. Rewards were also given out for the best attending tutor group and most rewards received both for individuals and tutor groups. The following students were nominated by their subject teachers for awards in the lessons listed below. Congratulations to them all! GEOGRAPHY: Konstantinos Apostolakis, Tom Barker, Emily Gammon, Laura Gardner, Dan John, Alice Jones, Jack Kirkhope, Micki Peacock, Megan Richings, Alex Duncan, Sam Bishop, Justin Bhurruth, Georgina Gardner HISTORY: Micki Peacock, Willem Fox, Jasmine Cheape, Ellie Bodman, Grace Hitchman, Tyler Malcolm, Jess Lingard-Nutt, Alex Gardner, Rob Lane CREATIVE I-MEDIA: Sam Bishop, Matthew Phillips PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Jordan Smith, Micki Peacock, Lauren Kent, Joe Hattrick, Tyler Malcolm, Sandra Howes, Georgina Gardner, Joseph Broady, Rob Lane, Dominik Huber, Sam Russell, Jack Kirkhope, Tyler Malcolm, Grace Hitchman, Rosie Williams, Callum Gardner-Wilce, Chloe Glanville, Fran Gribble, Jessica Lane ENGLISH: Grace Hitchman, Megan Richings, Paige Alderman, Jade Honeywell, Tyler Malcolm, Marcus Rhodes, Tom Munoz-Galdeano, Emma Baldwin, Sam Bishop, Ben Ashmead, Tianna Hamblett, Annaliese Barley, Leya Robb, Jae Woodman, Max Heather, Fernanda Oliviera, Ben Smith, Tom Barker RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Aimee Davies, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Jacob Seddon, Alice Jones, Paul Gil, Josh Baldwin, Dominic Hebbron SCIENCE: Tyler Barwell, Morgen Taylor, Jacob Seddon, Nathan Groves, Ellie Jackson, Jack Lodge, Leya Robb, Sam Evans, Paul Gil, Ryan Russell, Romanie Andrews, Chloe Glanville GRAPHICS: Eryk Kilianek, Emily Springall, Matthew Hodkinson, Josh Chapman, Tyler Martin, Jack Rees

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YEAR 10 NEWS ART: Caitlin Hall, Jade Honeywell, Andrea Prusova, Emily Springall, Tyler Martin, Tom Munoz, Fernanda Oliviera, Josh Chapman, Akash Gurung, Annaliese Barley, Jess Lingard-Nutt, Jordan Smith, Julia Hartsoe, Eryk Kilianek, Laura Vucetic, Shannon Gwillliam, Sam Brinkworth, Georgina Gardner MUSIC: Sandra Howes, Rhiannon Bailey BUSINESS: Romanie Andrews, Joseph Broady, Kayte Wall, Rob Lane MATHS: Emma Baldwin, Hannah Betteridge, Sam Bishop, Jack Booth, Joseph Broady, Lauren Brobyn, Amber Chisholme, Paige Cossins-Price, Willem Fox, William Frith, Emily Gammon, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Georgina Gardner, Laura Gardner, Rachel Gill, Lauren Hands, Julia Hartsoe, Brian Johnstone, Alice Jones, Lauren Koloda, Daniel Leese, Jessica Lingard-Nutt, Alia Newton, Matthew Phillips, Megan Richings, Sam Russell, Jordan Smith, Leah Stanley, Robert Thorne, Kayte Wall, Rosie Williams MEDIA: Britney Webb, Joseph Broady, Josh Baldwin, Kia Harrison, Jennifer Southall, Leah Stanley, Aimee Davis, Willem Fox, Harry Lodge, Sam Russell, Macey Evans FOOD TECHNOLOGY: Lauren Brobyn, Lewis Bourne, Harry Cooper, Tyler Malcolm, Megan Bennett PSHCEE: Hannah Betteridge, Shannon Gwilliam, Lauren Kent, Jordan Smith, Britney Webb, Eddy Buckland, Rebecca Conway, Rhydian Cleaver, Callum Gardner-Wilce, Nathaniel Humphreys, Jasmine Cheape, Laura Vucetic, Bentley Hastings, Tyler Malcolm, Callum McDowell, Harry Cooper, Alice Jones, George Williams, Shawn Butler, Joe Poole, Tyler Martin, Emma Baldwin, Joseph Broady, Ellie Jackson, Rob Lane COMPUTING: Tom Davison, Dan Wood, Nick Lodge, Connor Wise, Will Frith, Kyle Ellison dos Anjos, Rob Thorne, Jacob Seddon, Connor Garfield PHOTOGRAPHY: Kieran Cole, Jasmine Ford, Jack Kirkhope, Robert Matthews, Jess Lane, Emma Baldwin, Andrea Prusova, Oscar Hales TRAVEL AND TOURISM: Bradley Worrall, Fernanda Oliviera, Jordan Hatten, Billy Locke, Andrea Prusova, Alex Gardner

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YEAR 10 NEWS MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES: Emily Gammon, Joseph Broady, Callum Gardner Wilce, Lauren Kent, Leah Stanley, Julia Hartsoe, Emily Springall RESISTANT MATERIALS: Jacob Seddon, Fauz Ali, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Eryk Kilianek, Jake Haines CHILD DEVELOPMENT: Tyler-Jade Barwell, Lauren Ellis, Andrea Prusova, Jenny Southall, Chloe Thomas, Sophie Barnfield, Lauren Brobyn, Laura Gardner, Fernanda Oliviera DRAMA: Emma Collins, Morgen Taylor, Lauren Koloda, Conor Roche, Eddy Buckland, Jessica Lingard-Nutt, Jordan Smith Clearly, huge numbers of Year 10 pupils are impressing in a huge range of lessons. Well done, have a great Easter break, rest well and keep up the fantastic work in Term 5! Mr Spooner Head of Year 10

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WELFARE ISSUES Please be aware that Churchdown School does not employ a full-time school nurse. Mrs Campbell is the Welfare Assistant and we have a Medical Room for emergencies only. If your child is unwell before the start of school please make the decision whether to send them or keep them at home. They will only be excused from lessons in an emergency. If your child has asthma please insure they have their Ventolin on them at all times as we are unable to provide this medication. Thank you for your understanding Mrs Campbell Welfare Assistant YEAR 11 NEWS There are now 4 school weeks until the Year 11’s first GCSE exam. Students on the whole are working outstandingly well and are dedicated to achieving the best possible results that they can. All staff members are working hard to offer opportunities to enhance learning during after school catch up sessions, with these available in all subjects. The sessions have high attendance numbers, but with the support of parents encouraging students to attend more regularly a positive impact on results will occur. Year 11 students have recently been introduced to the idea of learning styles. They are aware that no learning style can be neglected and to access revision through kinaesthetic, audio and visual methods will further enhance their knowledge and the recall of this knowledge. Students should be well into their revision and accessing this through these methods will help greatly…. many students can even count to 10 in Japanese as a result! Mr Jones Head of Year 11

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SIXTH FORM NEWS The deadline for coursework is approaching and students in the Sixth Form are working very hard to meet and exceed their target grades. We have identified students really close to achieving Bs instead of Cs both at AS and A Level. At AS they are: MATHS: David Debski ART: Joe Phillips BUSINESS: Kyle Dimond, Aaron Hutton ENGLISH: Liam Ednie, Georgina Turnock, Mogan Chappell, Jade Harrison, Brittani Cooper, Daniel Angel, Laura Rust, Kyran Ridley, Kennie-Anne Brooks, Jennifer Hayward GEOGRAPHY: Gemma Dooley HISTORY: Daisy Byrne, Charlie Morton, Robert Powell, Jennifer Hayward PE: Kyran Ridley, Owain Thomas BIOLOGY: Kyran Ridley PHYSICS: Callum Dawson SOCIOLOGY: Emily Tarantino, Georgina Turnock At A2 they are: ENGLISH: Sarah Bojczuk, Nathan Evans, George Hall, Fern Hopkins, Sam Layton, Bethan Richards, Jessica Richards, Lucy Southgate, Daniel Stafford, Rebecca Turner D&T: Kyle Blandford, Jack Mills MATHS: Jamie Nash RE: Michael Stalker CHEMISTRY: Felix Gomez, Jamie Nash GEOGRAPHY: Sam Layton, Charlie Morris HISTORY: Coby Andrews, Lauren Haines, Sam Layton, Charlie Morris, Daniel Phillips, Thomas Small We wish them all the best of luck and as much encouragement as possible and hopefully the next round of ISMs will see successes! Well done to Nathan Laidlow who made a late application to the University of Gloucestershire’s Forensic Computing course and secured a place. He recently did a taster day and learned how to hack all our accounts! Steve Rust won a medal this month for a wrestling competition which took place at Wotton Hall and was featured in The Citizen. He has been ‘spotted’ by a national promoter and we look forward to seeing how this unfolds. Amy Chevannes got a place at the highly competitive Millennium Performing Arts College in London to do dance. She got through on auditions in singing and dancing. Solomon Harrison also appears in Beyonce's XO music video this term, after being caught on camera at her concert last month! See if you can spot him ... Finally, well done to Georgina Matthews who came second in the all British Street Dance championships and is off to Germany to represent England in May and August. We are delighted to report a highly rewarding study trip to Paris this term - a joint venture between ICT, Media and Business departments, participated by over 70 Sixth Formers. The highlight for Sally Thomas and I was to hold a REAL BAFTA! Please find a review written by one of the participants. Ms Wisbey Head of Sixth Form

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SIXTH FORM NEWS A Tale of Two Theme Parks by Matthew Stevens The morning had long since been lead away and slaughtered, it’s bloody red dawn masked by the enveloping, and frankly terrifying reality of a seemingly un-ending, watery, black maw separated from us by nought but the effort of steel and concrete. It was as this realisation dawned on me, sat in front of our trundling carrier with the train carts engaged in a rhythmic sway both ways, that the days prior began replaying; the crushing fathom deep thoroughfare enough perhaps to make me believe that a traditional flashing-before-my-eyes moment was necessary. It’d started well enough, with the sleep hungry inhabitants of our vehicle exchanging sweets and crisps and all manner of things the cleaners would have fun prying from the deck there after, but as the clock struck twelve only the muffled thump of music and Mr Babbage’s insightful sleep talking could be made out, the rest of the sounds either as subdued as the passengers or drowned in the hum of the engine. It wasn’t until we’d traversed the channel and emerged blinking from the ocean piercer into the matte morning haze of Calais that life returned on mass to the world. “Are we there yet!” “What time is it?” “Ugh…five more minutes” The cabin was reinvigorated, if only somewhat, by this foreign land, this new scape, even with GPS enabled phones there was an air of mystery about it. The world was our oyster, the horizon brimming with irrefutable opportunity, the rolling trees and twisted metal pylons and the sheer enormity of it all … was too much like the UK to warrant attention so I swiftly fell back asleep. It was only once a well-meaning but none the less aggravating pen was planted in my guts that I saw it, in the distance, like the harbinger of all things tainted rosy, reared the welcoming spires of Cinderella’s titular castle. We’d made it. From the chill of Churchdown after dark, through the stank smelling countryside and into the rattling arc of the Eurotunnel we’d roamed to this avail. The coach rose from crestfallen to courageous, excitement and whimsy ebbing into the eyes of even the most jaded amongst us, namely me. As soon as the wheels ground to a halt and the bags had been salvaged, myself opting for a single clothing stuffed back pack which, in retrospect, was one of the smarter decisions I made on that trip if wheezing groans of the over encumbered whistled by. Wisbey, radiating her usual jovial demeanour kindled our freedom with a ticket a piece which, as though some invisible collar had been slid free, signalled the maddest sprawl I’ve ever seen teenagers commit to at nine in the morning. In fact, as I stood clutching my teacher’s ticket, drunk on the power it had bestowed upon me, the dust trail settled behind them. It didn’t take long however for our designated accommodation, a western themed settlement draped in all of the details that title elicits, except a gallows a friend had pointed out grimly, to fade into the past, or at least, further back into the vortex. Upon entering Walt Disney Studios I was struck with a resounding sense of self; dull greys and depressing greens exploded into vibrant reds and neon yellows, smooth metal and a live jazz band (that, I kid you not, played Let It Go and The Incredibles’ theme live) punctuated this new landscape. As someone enthralled with the decadence that the 50’s aesthetic brings, I was completely absorbed. Everything, from the restaurant to the overhead lights was dripping with classic Americana to create something I can only describe as beautiful. I tell you of that journey as I believe it colours the experience perfectly. The point was that it was a road worth travelling, the hardships of the journey there were wiped clean by the saccharin charm of the park but more importantly by the good company of students and teachers alike. On a budget of fifty euros I returned unscathed and with change to spare, stronger friendships, brilliant memories and the adrenaline via sugar fuelled maturity of independence as profit. Even the lectures were excellent: passionate people saying passionate things about a passion worth kindling. Tenacity was the word of the trip understandably so thank you to Sally, Wisbey, Babbage and Edwards for their trust in us and, if anyone asks, the damage to our rooms was there when we arrived … promise.

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REWARDS Rewards Every term our students are continuing to receive hundreds of rewards points as a result of their hard work and outstanding achievements. In Term 3 the following tutor groups were all rewarded with doughnuts for gaining the most rewards points in their year: 7H, 8B, 9B, 10H and 11B – Well done to all of the students in those tutor groups! Attendance We are also seeing the rewards system having a positive impact on attendance. The following tutor groups received a pizza party as a reward for having the best attendance in Term 3: 7M, 8H, 9M, 10J and 11T – Well done and keep it up!! Year 7 Cycling Proficiency Course In the summer term we will be offering the opportunity for our Year 7 students to gain their cycling proficiency qualification. This will be offered at a small cost during school time and is essential for all students who wish to cycle to school in the future. Watch this space ….. Miss Hilton Assistant Headteacher

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CHURCHDOWN SCHOOL ACADEMY SKI TRIP 2015 Salt Lake City and Las Vegas This year Churchdown School went to America for our ski trip. 45 pupils from Years 9 - 13 spent 9 days in America over their February half term. We had 5 days skiing in the Utah resort of Brighton, then a day and night in Las Vegas before our final day at the Grand Canyon. It was quite a trip! A very early start of 4am from Churchdown saw us heading to Gatwick for our Virgin flight to Las Vegas with a lot of very excitable students. The flight passed without incident (unless you count air sickness … we lost count of the number of times that poor Josh threw up!). We were quickly through the airport and onto another coach for the 7 hour drive to Salt Lake City. It was an excited, but tired group that finally got to bed after 24 hours of travelling. The next day we were up early and off for our first day of skiing. Students were split into 5 groups by ability. We had great snow and lovely (surprisingly warm) weather for the trip. During the next 5 days we saw all the groups improving massively, from the beginners who started out on the nursery slopes and who were up to the top of the mountain by the final day, through to the top group which this year included Rhys (9T) who skis for Wales and Sam (6.4) who is a ski instructor at the dry slopes in Matson. Students all found their own styles that they enjoyed during the week. Some liked cruising the long Blue runs, others crashing through the trees, a few (with healthier knees than mine) enjoyed the long steep bumps of the mogul fields. The skaters and cooler skiers made progress on the jumps, boxes and rails in the fun parks with varying degrees of success (best not to mention your wrist, Max (10S) or the subsequent trip to the medical centre?!).

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CHURCHDOWN SCHOOL ACADEMY SKI TRIP 2015 It was really nice seeing students such as Dom (11T), Lyndon (11T) and Lizzie (6.7), who have managed to come on the last few ski trips, go from absolute novices on the beginners slopes through to skiing Double Diamond Black runs in the top group this year. Amazing progress. In the evenings we had a variety of meals at local restaurants and then on to the evening activities, just in case we weren’t already worn out from the days skiing! Boondocks was the highlight of the evening activities. This included Go-Karting (with some very un-sportsman-like driving from Mr Cooper and Antonia (9W)), Laser tag (and I am pleased to say in the staff and Sixth Form vs Years 9-11 battle the staff had a decisive victory); and a variety of other arcades and games. Once the skiing was over it was time to head to Las Vegas. We spent the afternoon in a large shopping outlet mall and Georgia (9W) managed to buy so many designer clothes that I am still unsure how she got it all back in her suitcase with the 23kg weight limit. From here we just had a few minutes to throw our bags into the hotel rooms before heading out into Las Vegas and an unbelievable evening meal at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip. We spent the evening touring the sights of Las Vegas, an experience we will never forget (not least for our slightly eccentric tour guide who spent half the tour running and left it to the teachers to explain what we were looking at). The Bellagio Fountains, the Venetian Arcade, the erupting volcano at the Mirage and walking through casinos seeing places we recognised from movies. I had to keep a tight hold of the trip budget and the staff were under strict instructions not to get sucked in to any gambling – despite them pointing out the possibility that if it went well we could all fly home first class!

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CHURCHDOWN SCHOOL ACADEMY SKI TRIP 2015 We finally got back to our hotel at midnight, exhausted and not looking forward to our early start the next day to see the Grand Canyon. The early start paid off, however, and we were on the first tour bus of the day giving us the place to ourselves. We all braved the Skywalk with only the unsupported glass floor separating us from the sheer drop to the canyon floor a mile below. We then took numerous photos and had time to explore the rim of the Canyon. It was stunningly beautiful and the size and scale of it has to be seen to be believed, but as the trip leader in charge of 45 students … I would have quite liked there to be a hand rail or barrier before the drop!!! From there we returned to Las Vegas and on to the airport where we flew back home. An amazing trip, not just for the skiing, but also to have the opportunity to visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I was so impressed by all the students on the trip who were a real credit to the school at every stage. We had positive comments from everywhere we went about how polite, helpful and considerate they were. We all agreed the trip was exhausting, but very worthwhile. A thank you as well to the staff who made such a difference to the success of the trip: Miss Jenkins, Mr Hall and Miss Rooksby. Finally a special mention to Mr Cooper who after many (many) years of school ski trips has finally hung up his boots and has skied his last school trip. He started skiing with Churchdown School as a teacher before I (and most other staff members at the school) were even born. Next year the ski trip is heading back to our more regular resort of BKK in Austria and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if when we turn up we find Mr Cooper perched at the corner of the hotel bar drinking coffee, waiting for us! Mr Carter Head of Geography

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